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arguments, one involves the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act which denies federal benefits to same sex spouses. the case was brought by 83-year-old edith windsor who was required to pay hundreds of thousands in estate taxes when her long-time partner died. an appeals court ruled that violated the constitution's equal protection clause. the supreme court will look into proposition 8. striking it down could have an immediate impact on gay spouses denied benefits. casey wayan introduces us to a california couple with a lot riding on the issue. >> reporter: november 1 was a big day. did you think four years later you would be fighting a legal battle for the rights that other married couples enjoy? >> on that particular day it wasn't on our minds. >> reporter: three days later californians voted to outlaw future marriages. their union is recognized by the state, but not by the federal government tracy served as a 12-year highly decorated army veteran. >> especially after the repeal of don't ask, don't tell, there are other veterans that are going to be facing this same issue. >>
to federal and state laws. one case involves the federal defense of marriage act, which denies federal benefits to same sex couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's prop 8, which took away the right of same sex marriage that had been previously approved by state courts. >>> florida governor charlie crist completed his political transformation. crist was elected governor as a republican in 2006, then later ran for the senate as an independent. he campaigned for president obama, and spoke at the democratic national convention. he's now officially a democrat and is widely expected to run for governor again in 2014. >>> south africa's beloved nelson mandela is getting tests in a hospital. the country's president says no cause for alarm there. he says the 94-year-old mandela is getting tests consistent with his age. the nobel laureate became his nation's first black president. >>> the fbi wants to talk to a man in custody in egypt. he's a well known islamic extremist. that's why egypt wanted him taken down. but american terrorist watchers think he
in self defense. >>> republicans took the bait. they delivered a counter proposal to president obama's plan to avert the fiscal cliff. guess what, the white house rejected it, calling the gop proposal unbalanced and not serious. translation? no tax hikes on the wealthy so democrats said forget about it. we thought you should take a look. it totals $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction over ten years. the part that stood out to us was $600 billion in proposed savings in medicare reforms. how? in part by raising the age of eligibility to 65 to maybe 67. turning down the gop proposal, dan pfieffer said, quote, it provides no details on which deductions they would eliminate, which loopholes they will close or which medicare savings they would achieve." let's head now to the white house and dan lothian. the white house will not offer a counter proposal, right? what's going on here? >> reporter: well, you know, i think the white house is digging in. the president said early on in this process that he would only sit down and really move forward, negotiate on this in any meaningful way if the t
to me, it is your former boss bill clinton who signed the defense of marriage act as between a man and woman only. does he regret his decision? >> he says that he regrets it and now he's a strong proponent for same-sex marriages. >> the supreme court will at least take one of these cases. why do you think the court did not come out with a decision on which case to review? >> well, i think that they probably decided that these are complicated issues, in fact they're quite complicated and quite historic and they probably need a little bit more time. but we expect, i think the big news for next week is we expect either tomorrow, monday morning, but at some point next week, maybe as late as friday afternoon, but at some point next week, we're going to start to hear from the supreme court, which cases they will consider, we feel pretty strongly that they will accept for consideration the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act. and the big matter that may come out of the court next week is the proposition 8 case out of california. because if they decide not to hear the proposit
, one regarding the defense of marriage act, or doma, involving couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's prop 8, which took away the rates of same-sex marriage that had been previously approved by state courts. >>> the top story this hour, a man considered the leader of a terrorist network, now in custody in egypt. this is why we're paying attention to this man. u.s. officials believe his group had something to do with the attack in libya that killed the american ambassador and three other u.s. citizens. our national correspondent, susan candiotti is live for us. you have been working your sources. what do we know about this terror suspect and the group he leads? >> well, let's talk about him. the investigators have had this man on the radar for some time. and now he is being called a possible suspect in the benghazi attacks. muhammad ahmad was arrested, in custody while the investigation goes on. u.s. authorities believe he been involved in the september terror hit that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans, according t
on the defense sector alone, you're looking at $55 billion in cuts just to the defense budget. you have to look at the ancillary part of this. you look at real estate holdings, homes that are have a close proximity to defense. >> final question for you, todd, a major confusion going on here, it's about this so-called $250,000 there are hold for house holds, does this mean that all of the first $250,000 that you make is taxed at a higher rate, or just the money above $250,000? >> it's actually your taxable income. according to irs data, you will actually see that people that are earning $250,000 actually are itemizing up to $20,000. so in other words it's your net amount after those tax deductions, once you start getting into more tax deductions, once you're earning more, you actually expect that the number will go higher than 250,000 dlrks, some exists are predicting the number is going to be upwards of $300,000. so if you're making up to 300,000 and below, there's a good chance none of these taxes are going to impact you. >>> a popular mexican-american singer is missing, she just performed at
to hear the case. it could be a much narrower case about the defensive marriage act, it could be limited to considering whether couples in states where same-sex is legal and eligible for benefits and not a sweeping decision. the other parameter, of course, proposition 8 and a specific league question and referendum aboli abolished. a lot for them potentially to consider and the timetable up to them, ashleigh. >> very complex for people that don't follow courts on a regular basis to sort this out and i mentioned right off the top no fewer than ten cases that the justices could take up. >> yes. >> when you talk about the two areas, one of them as some court watchers say is dipping your toe in with the defensive marriage act and one way the supreme court could start the process of getting in to the cultural debate. the other one is prop 8 and two ways to go effect ily with prop 8. take up the case or don't cake up the case. what happens if they just don't take up the case? >> well, then same-sex marriage essentially becomes law in california and it was about the referendum. most court watch
that the defensive missiles could be in place on the turk yishg syrian border in just weeks. in the meantime, the news out of syria from the opposition, 123 more people have been killed across syria so far just today. we're only midday. apparently 30 of them children in a refugee camp. americans are always ready to work hard for a better future. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader. the heart of a one-to-one relationship. together for your future. ♪ anne's tablet called my phone. anne's tablet was chatting with a tablet in sydney... a desktop in zurich... and a telepresence room in brazil. the secure cloud helped us get some numbers from my assistant's pc in new york. and before i reached the top, the board meeting became a congrats we sold the company party. wait til my wife's phone hears about this. [ cellphone vibrating ] [ female
discriminate against. i can't treat you differently because you're a man versus a woman. well, this defense of marriage act is exactly what the defense of marriage act does. it denies same-sex marriage couples the rights for tax benefits, federal health benefits and the like. so if you're married to a man, you dent get the same right ifs you're a woman married to a man. that is gender discrimination, in my view, not sexual preference. >> and you've argued in front of the supreme court. >> i have. >> you said in 1990? >> 1990. >> nerve-racking? >> very nerve-racking. these issues are very important. the justices are very prepared. they're very intelligent. and there's a lot at stake. so this is going to be a very interesting argument. now we can actually listen to them online. >> having argued in front of the supreme court, how do you think they're going to rule? >> well, i think we have a fairly conservative court. but it's kind of divided 50/50. it's going to be a very close call. however, looking at the case precedent in the past and looking at what i think they have to do with this law,
the president, secretary of defense panetta, and others focusing on what happens if assad uses the weapons. >> see, these lines become sort of pink lines. you know, they're not drawn with, you know, a fine pencil. and they move around a little. >> reporter: military options for striking syria spell out the case for why an attack might be called for. u.s. officials say there are multiple reports, more than just satellite imagery, confirming the aerial bombs. the regime is getting more desperate in recent days as fighting has raged around damascus leading to worries al asad could order a deadly strike that could kill thousands. and unlike iraq before the u.s. war, syria's chemical weapons program is openly acknowledged by that government. >> these weapons are meant to be used only and strictly in the event of external aggression against the syrian republic. >> reporter: but the president will also be warned of the risks. civilians could be killed by a deadly release of gas if the sarin isn't all destroyed. syrian air defenses could bring down u.s. pilots if fighter jets are used. the regime
that is are aware, are very quick to point out that at this point they have absolutely no defense whatsoever against that type of weaponry. ever since this conflict began, the civilian population has been incapable of protecting itself against bullets and bombs. there most certainly is no defense whatsoever should the regime decide to deploy chemical weapons. >> are they afraid of that possibility? do they talk about that, the possibility of their own government turning on them like that and unleashing these type of weapons? >> they most certainly do, suzanne. especially obviously the conversation amongst those that are aware of it. they do feel that this is a regime that has absolutely no mercy whatsoever, and the greater the tranglehold on regime forces grows, the greater the likelihood that the assad government could, in fact, choose to take this kind of drastic measure against its own population. people have no doubt in their minds about the lengths to which this government -- the assad government will go to stay in power. one rebel commander, we were speaking to yesterday, was saying if you loo
the defense of marriage act is constitutional, they are also going to decide whether proposition 8 in california, that case, whether the ban on same sex marriage there is unconstitutional. and that could affect all 50 states. so there is at least the potential that by the end of june, all 50 states will be ordered to have same sex marriage. there is a long way between here and there, but that is now a possibility. >> what is so interesting about this, this is not just about the marriage issue, so much as it is an equal protection issue because so many people have been denied benefits under federal law. >> that's the defense of marriage act case. what the defense of marriage act case, what the law says, passed in 1996, signed into law by president clinton, that law says that the federal government will not recognize same sex marriages, even in the states where it's legal. so if you are a married couple, same sex couple in massachusetts, you can't file a joint tax return, can't inherit tax free the way heterosexual married couples can. the obama administration says, agrees that law i
and remains in jail. he claims he pulled his gun and opened fire out of self-defense. >>> up to speed on the day's other headlines. protests in cairo over the young democracy's in constitution. supporters of president mohamed morsi packed the streets near cairo university as morsi sets a date for a vote on the new constitution. morsi's critics say the constitution was rushed through and paves the way for islamic law. >>> mexico has a new president, enrique pena nieto took the oath of office before the country's congress. his inauguration returned the institutional revolutionary party to power 12 years after being turned out of office. that doesn't sit well with mexicans who accuse it of buying the election. hundreds clashed with police outside congress. >>> north korea is going to try again. they want to take another stab at sending a rocket into space. this time, to place a satellite into orbit. this is all coming from north korea state run media. the rocket will be similar to this one. the planned launch, the window is between december 10th and 22nd. u.s. state department is not hap
the announcement about that today. there are no fewer than ten cases arising from the federal defense marriage act. california's proposition 8. they made their way to the high court's doorstep. at least one -- at least one, is kind of likely to get on the docket. sooner rather than later. while we wait, the best person to talk about that is cnn's senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin who literally wrote the book, or a couple of them, on the supreme court. i was talking to you last friday. i was talking to you monday. you are back for another friday. are they going to make me wait again for another day? are or are we going to get something today? >> those that know don't tell and those that tell don't know. that's the rule with the supreme court. it seems likely we will hear if not today then very soon. also, we should hear that they are going to take the case. remember, two federal appeals courts have now declared the -- >> when you say the case -- >> the defense of marriage act. proposition 8 is a very separate matter. when a federal appeals court declares an act of congress unconstitutional the su
the dad today. holly hughes is a criminal defense attorney. i was watching that interview and i was wondering how that dad even stood up to do an interview. >> here you have a man who just lost his son. he told me, i buried half of my heart today. but you still find a person who is very calm and he's focused on these "stand your ground" laws. he says it's got to change. he says deaths like this don't have to happen. >> you spoke to him about the comparisons to trayvon, the race comparisons to trayvon and about "stand your ground" as well. let's listen. then we'll talk. >> i believe it was strictly anger. people try to associate that whenever people of color are different from someone else. and i believe -- still believe to this day, unless the gentleman tells me different, that it was anger that was involved in it, having the accessibility of a gun. >> your focus is on these guns? >> yes. >> your t-shirt -- show this to us. >> it says, kill guns, not kids. we have to kill these gun laws that allow them -- law enforcement has been trained and they're the only ones, i feel, should
the context of what turkey asked nato for, the patriot missile defense system, you have nato member countries who are now essentially saying through their partly i wants, yes, we are going to help you militarily defend yourself. the big question, however, is are other countries bringing up the possible threat of chemical weapons coming from syria as a way of laying the ground work for another kind of not intervention, but a assistance to rebel groups. you have a lot of strategic talk that's being publicly sort of expressed out there that could be laying the ground work for strategic help for rebel groups. also for russia and iran and china and other countries that support the assad regime to perhaps distance themselves a little bit from the syrian president. we have all those reasons that are coming -- that are like the pieces of the puzzle. you make it out. is the threat of chemical weapons being used against the syrians an imminent threat? you have a lot of opinions out there that that's not the case right now. >> good balanced approach. we like that. a lot of people just kind of beating th
defense secretary leon panetta says the most recent intelligence raises, his words, serious concerns. >> the whole world is watching. the whole world is watching very closely and the president of the united states has made very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> earlier today, leon panetta. we'll have a report from the pentagon on syria in a moment. >>> first, shock waves in washington. a powerful republican senator suddenly calling it quits. south carolina senator jim demint will step down december 31st to lead the heritage foundation. it's a powerful conservative think tank in washington. demint says he can be more effective outside the senate. >> a lot of my role in the senate has been stopping bad things and saying no to bad things. but we need to do more than that and tell americans what we're for. one of the mistakes i think the republican party made the last two years is trying to make obama the issue without sharing with america bold reform ideas
work directly for the defense department and it's contractors. the defense industry is facing $125 billion of direct -- in addition several key tax ben fis are scheduled to expire at the end of the year that will have a direct impact on the pocket books of many americans. take a couple with one child in new york earning $100,000. their tax rate jumps from 25% to 28%. they could be hit by the alternative minimum tax. the child tax credit drops from $1,000 to $500 and payroll taxes could be $2,000 more next year. for a single 25-year-old in michigan who works full-time earning $30,000 a year going to school part-time, his tax rate would stay the same at 15%. but he would lose the american education tax credit and have to pay more than $600 in payroll taxes. and even though it's weeks before the changes would take effect the impact is already being felt because of uncertainty. 401(k) plans are taking a hit. companies are putting freezes on hiring. and the retail sector which makes most of its money in the final weeks of the year. black friday is over and people are just hoping it does
nato to bolster their air defenses. that would include these patriot missiles, but there are several steps. number one, right now there's a site survey going on. where would these batteries go in? how many would they -- there be? how long should they stay? then, also, the countries that supply them and that could be germany, the netherlands. they come, of course, from u.s. manufacturers, but the nations involved would have to decide and sign off on that, and this official was saying it could be at least a matter of weeks, but this is certainly something that the united states does look positively on. >> all right, jill. thanks so much. jill dougherty there in brussels with the secretary. now, we are seeing new evidence today, meanwhile, of how turkey is being drawn into the civil war in neighboring syria or the potential. have a look at this. that's the view a little earlier from the turkish side of the border, as syrian war planes bombed not for the first time, the town that is literally just across the border that separates the two countries. ivan watson joining us now from istanbu
it is a right to make sure that we have secured and defensible borders, especially in light of all of the animosity and the hatred that the palestinians and other extremists say in the islamic world are throwing at us. but, let me tell you one thing, deborah, is israel has always been ready for a compromise for peace, for concessions and wherever we build, it's in areas that for certain will stay in any future agreement within israeli territories. >> when you call this strategic, effectively the settlements that would strategically ramallah from jerusalem, this would sort of impede any sort of two states, wouldn't they? >>s no necessarily, deborah. you have to see, they're claiming, the palestinians, the west bank and gaza. there's no security whatsoever between gaza and the west bank, they're talking maybe about some kind of passages so things can be addressed to this issue of continuity and certainly this is not any impediment to peace and negotiations. the real impediment is the lack of understanding by the palestinians that they also have to compromise. >> the palestinian autho
reporter joe carter is here to talk about all of this. what did he say in his own defense? >> i found several fire bob costas facebook pages with lots of likes. he went on the shows yesterday morning and defended himself and said that he did admit he made a mistake, that he used wrong forum to take on such a heavy-handed topic, that he should have listened to his own rule which is when you take on a topic as politically charged as gun control, leave yourself enough time to fully flush out that topic. and as we know in television, you only have so much time to talk about a certain topic. he had only about 90 seconds to discuss that topic. he broke his own broadcasting rule in taking on that topic in that forum. he also said he doesn't disagree with the second amendment, he believes people should have the right to bear arms but he believes we should change the gun culture in your country, like grabbing your keys, grabbing your wallet, grabbing your gun before you leave the house is how the culture needs to change. and the amount of people who want him to be fired for what he said sunday
a disaster, the mandatory spending cuts and domestic spending and defense spending, the mandatory increases across the board taxes from everyone if we go over that fiscal cliff, you got to compromise. there's nothing wrong with compromise. to some liberals on the far left, conservatives on the far right, compromise is a dirty word. you should never compromise with the other side. they hate that. they rather go over the fiscal cliff but the overwhelming majority of americans totally disagree with those hard line positions on the extreme left and the extreme right. they want to compromise and they want a deal and they want the president and john boehner, the republican leadership and democratic leadership to come up with something that avoids going over the fiscal cliff. i think that's what that poll shows. >> let me change topics for a bit. news broke just before the program that republican senator jim demint is leaving. he decided to take over the heritage foundation. i have a question for you in that was this expected? he's a staunch conservative and opponent to craving into democrats and
. one case involved the federal defense of marriage act which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's proposition 8 which took away the right of same-sex marriage that had previously been approved by the courts. we should get a ruling by next summer. the two men who will argue on behalf of proposition 8 are an unlikely duo as cnn's gloria borger tells us. the story plays out like a hollywood script complete with a haollywood director. >> reporter: it's a script that could have been written in hollywood. the opening shot, a lunch in the polo lounge at the bever h erlys hotel. and it starts where you might expect, with a hollywood heavy hter, director and writer rob reiner. >> this is after proposition 8 went the wrong way for us. >> the lunch took place in november 2008, a week after the election. obama won the white house. but gays and lesbians lost the right to marry in california. >> we're trying to figure out what we do next. then we thought about the idea of a possible legal challenge to propo
border tensions or the deterrent that nato claims? they're defense everybody not offensive? >> reporter: if you talk to the turkish government, if you talk to nato, officials argue this will serve as deter indeployment of the patriot missile batteries from u.s., germany and netherlands. this would serve to be a pretty firm warning to the flailing assad regime to mess with nato member, turkey. if you talk to some of most vocal critics, though of the proposal, and that would be the russians who are in brussels at that nato meet and who were here, putin in istanbul, meeting with turkish leadership yesterday, they argue further militarizing this long border will only serve to escalate tensions. >> all right. ivan, thanks so much. ivan watson in istanbul, who is being down near that bordertown that has been the subject of shelling. moving on. before the scandal broke, many people could have seen former cia director david patreaus running for office. and now there is news that he was indeed approached. the way he was approached may surprise you. >>> also -- israel standing firm on its decisio
to bring in defense attorney joey jackson. horrible story. >> it is, brooke. >> i keep thinking of the little girl. that's all i think about. >> who lost a mother and a father. >> when you think about the legal angle of this case, there's no criminal prosecution. but could there be a civil case? >> potentially there could be. as you mentioned, there's no criminal prosecution. why? because he took her life and his own. there would be very little to prosecute unless they looked at where he got the gun. it was a legally owned gun. so the prosecution would not be there. what you then look at is a civil liability and if so, who would be spoblt? it would seem the family of the descendant in this case could pursue what's called a wrongful death action against him or his estate, actually, for this tragic loss. and that loss would mean that he took her life, it was an intentional act. they'd have to establish that. they'd have to establish that at his hands as a direct result of his conduct, she was dead and her family has been damaged as a result. >> what about the team? what about the
from their territory. turkey is saying it's strictly for their self-defense, just a few days ago, the syrians in that border region with turkey launched a number of missiles with a range of 60 miles. that's the kind of thing on that northern syrian border that has the turks and nato so worried and they want the russians on board to tell the syrians not to do any of this. brooke? >> barbara starr, thank you. >>> a young girl suffering from cancer disappears after she and her mother leave the hospital. and now a police search and concerns about her health. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >>> the man in charge of fox news apparently sent a message to david petraeus about a run for president. but, the advice didn't stop there. >>> a warning for all americans, get ready. this flu season is going to be awful. and the strain going around is troubling. >>> and i'll speak live with one democrat who says america should go over the fiscal cliff. he tells me why. welcome to chevy's year-end event. so, the 5.3-liter v-8 silverado can tow up to 9,600 pounds? 315 horsepower. what's that in
, a defense official says no u.s. navy drone is missing. >>> we're about to take you live to cairo. that is where riot police are bracing now for another night of violent street fighting, tear gas all over the city today. this week crowds of egyptians have now stormed the presidential palace, breaking through fences, fighting with security forces, trying to keep them back. now, the protesters, they are furious about several things. first of all, all concerning president mohammed morsi and this growing perception that he is making himself too powerful. cnn's reza sayah is in cairo. >> opposition factions back protesting against mohammed morrissey for nearly two weeks. most of the protests have been limited to tahrir square, but they're now going to the source of their anger, president morrissey, and his presidential palace. >> why come here? >> because it's -- we got fed up. >> he doesn't respect us. he don't want to listen to our demands. >> reporter: what's your message to him by coming out here? >> that what he is doing is completely unfair. this is not what we asked for. it's co
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